The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Siddglkts and Supplwemts o, the Perote
Prisoers
Edited by LLERENA B. FRIEND
[The following is the conclusion of material on the Perote Prison-
ers, the last section of which appeared in the January z966, Quarterly.]
Huntsville [Alabama], Feby 5th, 1844
My dear Sir.
This note will be delivered ,[by] Mr. James D. Tatum, whom I beg
leave to introduce to your acquaintance. Mr. T has resided in this
place, and its vicinity for a number of years and is well known to
me personally, as well as by character; and I do not hesitate to say,
he is, in my opinion, an honest, respectable, & worthy citizen-and
has enjoyed that character with all who have the pleasure of know-
ing him, so far as I know or believe. He informs me that his brother
Thomas S. Tatum is now a prisoner in Mexico, having been taken
with the other Americans & Texans at Mier. I understand he was a
volunteer in the company commanded by Capt. Cameron. It is
painfull to me, as it doubtless is, to many of your other friends, to
draw upon your sympathies in such cases--but the friends of those
unfortunate prisoners, having ascertained the just extent of your
influence with Santa Anna, are irresistably impelled to do so. I hope
you will pardon the trespass, and, if in your power consistently,
would be much gratified that you would speak a word for poor
Tatum. With the highest regard, your friend
C. C. Clay
Genl. Jackson
Huntsville Ala 7th February 1844
General Andrew Jackson
My Dear Sir. I am aware you are frequently called on for the
use of your well earned name and influence in behalf of suffering
individuals in Foreign Lands-many distinguished men of our coun-
try inlisted their feelings in behalf of my acquaintance & townsman
John Bradley but all of their letters had no effect-but Sir I was
please[d] to learn when you[r] letter reached Santa Anna in behalf
of Bradley he was immediately released and returned home to the
bosom of his wife & children whom he had not seen or perhaps
heard from for 12 months. Again my Dear Sir some of your long
and steadfast friends if not inconsistent with your duty in your

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